Insulation and Home Improvement Installers install a variety of insulation materials to improve resistance to heat, cold, air, sound and moisture, and install functional and decorative home improvements.

    You can work as an Insulation or Home Improvement Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • examining plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location
    • preparing site for insulation and installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders
    • gluing blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls
    • operating equipment to blow and spray mineral wool, fibre fill and foam insulation material into cavities
    • cutting insulation material to size and shape, and nailing and stapling batt-type insulation to joists, studs and furring
    • measuring, cutting and applying solar control film to windows
    • fitting awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools
    • drilling holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures, and bolting, screwing and nailing fittings into place
    • attaching and adjusting mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords
    • installing flashing and waterproofing to fittings such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors

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    All Insulation and Home Improvement Installers

    All Insulation and Home Improvement Installers

    • $1,442 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Unavailable Unemployment
    • 23,600 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Insulation and Home Improvement Installers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 17,500 in 2014 to 23,600 in 2019.

    Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Location: Insulation and Home Improvement Installers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,442 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200919000
    201020200
    201118700
    201216600
    201313900
    201417500
    201519200
    201623000
    201723700
    201822900
    201923600
    202425700

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings14421460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction81.6
    Manufacturing7.8
    Retail Trade3.0
    Other Services1.9
    Other Industries5.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.531.6
    VIC23.925.6
    QLD22.320.0
    SA7.47.0
    WA12.110.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT1.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.9-5.05.0
    20-249.7-9.39.3
    25-3424.6-22.922.9
    35-4424.4-22.022.0
    45-5422.5-21.621.6
    55-597.8-9.09.0
    60-645.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV39.2-21.121.1
    Year 1220.1-18.118.1
    Year 118.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below23.7-12.512.5

    You can work as an Insulation or Home Improvement Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of Australia & New Zealand Inc./Housing Industry Association (HIA may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • Security Industry Act licence (security screens)
    • working at heights ticket
    • forklift licence
    • drug and alcohol test

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


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    Employers look for Insulation and Home Improvement Installers who make good decisions, are polite, courteous and reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Building and construction

      50% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    2. Mechanical

      46% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    3. Customer and personal service

      40% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Transportation

      38% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    5. Administration and management

      36% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2131.00 - Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Spend time standing

      93% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    2. Wear specialized protective or safety equipment

      86% Important

      Wear equipment like breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection.

    3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      85% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    4. Face-to-face discussions

      85% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    5. Exposure to contaminants

      82% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2131.00 - Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall.

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